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Introduction

For every disaster story like Love Canal, Three Mile Island, or the TVA ash spill, hundreds of similar events never gain media attention and come under public scrutiny. In a time of calamity, community members and their families struggle not only to regain control of their lives, but also to refute the objective frames of disasters that are offered by corporations, government agencies, and the media. When a disaster story does gain the attention of the national and/or international news media, the amount of time it remains a front page or top of the hour story is often severely limited even in those cases of catastrophic proportions. When the chapter describes to reporters several different disasters which would tend to disprove such a claim, most responded that they had never even heard of the major contenders for the worst national disaster even though many had heard of the Exxon spill.